Despite adding a single player campaign and more content, the lootbox fiasco caused Star Wars Battlefront 2 to have far less sales than the 2015 video game.
As reported by Sarah E. Needleman from The Wall Street Journal, NPD states that Star Wars Battlefront 2 has sold 882,000 retail copies in North America thus far.
In comparison, the 2015 Battlefront game sold around 1.8 million in its launch month. The number is higher at over 2 million units if you include the PS4 bundles that were released.
It’s worth noting the dropoff could mean rising digital sales, although the game still received a lot of bad publicity. EA is probably hoping word of mouth starts to improve since they removed all the microtransactions and made leveling up easier. Not to mention Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out soon too.
Still, EA will be disappointed with the lower number because Activision still managed to sell 4.4 million retail copies of Call of Duty: WWII in North America.
It’s safe to say EA will try its best not to make the same mistake ever again. The company already got bad press a few weeks ago for shutting down developer Visceral Games and claiming single player games are ‘dead’.